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Rangers recall Vinny Lettieri

February 4, 2018, by

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The Rangers have recalled forward Vinny Lettieri from the Hartford Wolf Pack. The recall was relatively expected, as the injury bug has hit another forward. Jimmy Vesey was elbowed in the chin by Filip Forsberg last night and did not return. It’s expected he has a concussion. Lettieri, who will turn 23 on Tuesday, has already played in 10 games with the Rangers, registering a goal and three assists. He has a line of 14-9-23 in 35 games with the Pack.

It’s worth noting that there was no defenseman recalled. This means at least one of two things. First is that Marc Staal is ok after being on the receiving end of a hit by Alexei Emelin (not likely), or that Alain Vigneault will just rotate Steven Kampfer into the lineup (more likely).

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27 comments

  1. Bloomer says:

    Hard to imagine Staal coming back so soon with his history of concussions. No word yet on whether or not the two hits will be reviewed by the league. They were both brutal hits and if that is considered acceptable then Gorton needs to restock his roster with more grittier players. I am ok with old time hockey, as long as the rules are the same for every team.

    • Chris F says:

      Forsberg has a hearing for elbowing and interference.

      • Richter1994 says:

        And what about Emelin for leaving his feet and giving Staal a head shot?

        • Chris F says:

          Haven’t heard of any hearing for him.

          • Richter1994 says:

            Thanks Chris, it’s a disgrace.

            • Chris F says:

              I guess two hearings is just too much for DoPS to handle all at once.

              • Richter1994 says:

                I read the Preds blogger on Hockeybuzz and:

                #1 No mention of the Emilin hit.
                #2 Said that Forsberg’s hit was legal.

                lol

              • Chris F says:

                Been arguing with my Isles fans cousin and uncle all day about this. They also say they were both perfectly legal hits.

                Insanity.

              • Richter1994 says:

                I heard 3 games for Forsberg.

              • craig says:

                On both plays, they (both Predators) needed their heads handed to them after those cheap shots, and no penalty to boot! Credit to Brady Skjei for standing up, even though he lost the fight.
                Did AV somehow restrain McLoed? I don’t get it. Maybe McLoed had to many friends on the Preds. There should have been a brawl out there to stick up for your team-mates. It showed a lackadaisical attitude toward team- mates and reflects in their play. Sometimes a team needs to make a statement when bullied, and the Rangers overall didn’t or maybe just couldn’t. What a SOFT team! It was embarrassing to watch. The ref’s should also be brought before the league and reprimanded for not controlling this disgraceful conduct.
                I realize there are injuries, but how long before they dismantle this mess, fire this coach, and start to rebuild for the future.

              • Richter1994 says:

                I may be old fashioned, but as a coach, I would have gotten thrown out before I got my money’s worth and there would have been some Nashville blood spilled on the ice from their best players.

                BTW, Emelin not even reviewed. NHL is a complete disgrace of a league.

  2. roadrider says:

    Well I guess the NHL thinks its far more important to determine if a player’s skate was a millimeter above or over the blue line than it does to protect the health and safety of the players.

    Both of those hits should have been major penalties and automatic game misconducts. There should be no grey area there. And the responsible (irresponsible?) officials involved should also be fined and suspended for missing such obvious and blatant fouls.

    Of course, when you have an ignorant, science-denying basketball refugee for a Commissioner who denies any link between head shots, concussions and long-term neurological damage i guess you can’t expect any better.

    The NHL – a Mickey Mouse organization built around a great sport.

    • Bloomer says:

      I would love to lineup Bettman and land an elbow to his ugly chops while he is skating at a hundred miles a hour.

      • roadrider says:

        I think that would rip your arm right off.

        Wouldn’t you prefer to be the one skating 100 mph towards Bettman?

    • Mancunian Candidate says:

      Roadrider—spot on. Your first paragraph nails the absurdity of the current game completely. Well said.

    • Bobby B says:

      Road, the Predators and their coach knew their opponent was the lets play Ice Capades NY Rangers , thus open season on brutality with no fear of retribution. Heck , their franchise player who happens to be a goalie, was blasted last year with out a wimper of retaliation. It starts with the coach. He is perfect for Europe league hockey , not the NHL.

  3. Eugene says:

    It’s Kempfer time…. McLeod is not going out I suppose

  4. Richter1994 says:

    AV to Lettieri, giving him the “Hoosiers” pep talk:

    “You pass the puck 5 times before you take a shot… This is my team and you do it my way…”

  5. JERRY MALEY says:

    To all the BOO BIRDS that will no doubt be there on Wed, boo the coach and Management. Please don’t boo our players.

    • Richter1994 says:

      I don’t boo the players, but at $100+ per game per seat, I guess they can boo anyone that they want.

  6. craig says:

    On both plays, they (both Predators) needed their heads handed to them after those cheap shots, and no penalty to boot! Credit to Brady Skjei for standing up, even though he lost the fight. Maybe at least McLoed can be good for something and teach Brady how to fight.
    Did AV somehow restrain McLoed? I don’t get it. Maybe McLoed had to many friends on the Preds. There should have been a brawl out there to stick up for your team-mates. It showed a lackadaisical attitude toward team- mates and reflects in their play. Sometimes a team needs to make a statement when bullied, and the Rangers overall didn’t or maybe just couldn’t. What a SOFT team! It was embarrassing to watch. The ref’s should also be brought before the league and reprimanded for not controlling this disgraceful conduct.
    I realize there are injuries, but how long before they dismantle this mess, fire this coach, and start to rebuild for the future.

  7. joe cafardo says:

    I can promise you this….if that crap had been administered on a Bruin…Forsberg would be in Nashville ICU today. With AV…its open season on NY. The ways I dislike this coach and his process. A process to get your team mate killed.

  8. Peter says:

    I am not a big fan of fighting, and I understand that AV doesn’t like his teams to fight because the penalty minutes can leave you at a big disadvantage on the ice and lead to a loss in the game. But, that game was an entirely different story. The team is going nowhere. A win would not change that. The Preds were taking liberties all night long.

    I would have sent out McLeod and other guys who don’t mind scrapping like Smith and DeAngelo, and like Nash and whoever, and taken it to the Predators at that point. So you lose the game, big deal. At least you establish that you are not going to tolerate cheap hits on your players.

    • Bobby B says:

      Peter, Spot on reply!! You get the big picture, unfortunately the coach ( AV) does not!!